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Past Issues

September 2003


NewModels

Forthcoming attractions...
The new generation Mercedes-Benz Actros and the brand new Axor have arrived. Here's a preview.

It is suited to the heavy stuff ...

When the Hino Profia was introduced to the market back in July 2001, it was made abundantly clear at the launch that the two models were not initially aimed at the long haul market.


In the July 2003 edition of FleetWatch, we ran an article detailing a heavily overloaded and horrendously unroadworthy truck belonging to a company called Red Cap. When presented to the Johannesburg Court, the Control Prosecutor declined to put the case on the roll describing the issue as 'petty'. Given this, we asked our readers to don their legal gowns and be the judges. We wanted your verdict based on the facts presented in words and photographs in FleetWatch. The following letters are some of the responses received from the 'Judges'. We also received a number of telephone calls from people in the industry who were vociferous - and unanimous - in their condemnation of the vehicle and the operator but didn't want to put their own or their company names to an official letter. (See Editor's Comment). Based on these responses, the verdict is - GUILTY!

to the letters....


Closer liaison needed...
Is there adequate liaison and co-operation between the Department of Transport and the Department of Justice? In this article Jack Webster, FleetWatch's legislation correspondent, highlights the issue.

Labour brokers - who's screening who?...
Our Cape correspondent Stephanie Platt discovers that not all labour brokers are hiring out qualified drivers.

Convoy of caring...
Hats off to the West Rand trucking fraternity which recently took to the streets of Krugersdorp and Randfontein in a convoy to raise funds for the physically disabled.


NewModels

Hino goes for gold...
Toyota Trucks reckons it is entering a new golden era with the launch of no less than seven new models in its Hino Super F-Series, including a new 4 x4 model.

a Special FleetWatch feature
Road transport weaves a rich tapestry...
In this special feature to mark the celebration of Heritage Day, FleetWatch pays tribute to all who have contributed so vitally to the heritage of this dynamic industry. Read on and you'll see why this industry has every reason to be proud of its heritage.

Road Transport - A central part of SA's Heritage...
Doyen of the trucking industry Jack Webster positions the industry he loves and pays tribute to some of the people who have contributed so vitally over the years the heritage of road transport in South Africa.

Road transport fifty years ago...
Henry Goode, a long serving but now retired member of the road transport industry and IRTE, arrived in Cape Town from the UK in 1949. In this article he relives some of the events of those days and shows how it all set the foundation for what we have today.

My rewards from a life in transport
By Bill Factor...


He was known as 'Mr Maintenance' in South African trucking circles and became a legend for the pioneering work he did in maintenance procedures and training during the years he spent with Cargo Carriers. Now retired and living on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, Bill Factor has warm memories of the trucking industry and FleetWatch is privileged to bring him back into the industry via this heritage feature. Over to Bill....

Nothing is forever...

He was an outspoken fighter as former head of ERF in South Africa - and he remains one to this day. This becomes obvious when you read through this contribution by Dai Davies O.B.E. and you soon realise that he battles to stay in the past preferring to get onto the issues of the day. Many will rememeber him as the first man to engineer an ADE engine into a local truck - an ERF. That was around 1980 and it was just one of the great contributions this man - who is still active now working in the Iveco stable - made to the heritage of trucking in South Africa. Over to Dai.....

The power of cumulative tradition ...

Heritage is about embracing and celebrating the best of the past. Why then, when the trucking industry has such a colourful and dynamic past, do so many try reinvent the wheel. Dave Scott, a man who started in this industry as a truck salesman in 1966 and has since contributed in so many ways to the heritage and well-being of the industry, puts forward a different angle to this feature by urging all not to ignore what he calls the power of cumulative tradition.

A long and varied past...

While FleetWatch does not usually cover the bus market, any feature on our transport heritage would be incomplete without mention made of Putco, that stalwart of a company which, to this day, continues to ferry the public in its famous buses. It is thus we asked chairman Albino Carleo to contribute to this feature. The briefness of his submission is an exercise in humility for it belies the massive contribution this company has made to South Africa's transport heritage.

Truck & Bus sales...
This year's sales of all HCVs are on target to be the third highest in the past 20 years. Richard Proctor-Sims analyses the figures.

WorldWatch...
Our regular series in which Frank Beeton keeps readers up to date with what is happening on the world's trucking stage

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